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Nuyorican Slam Team
The Nuyorican National Slam Team is available for performances at your school, club or event. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212-780-9386 for more info.
The current team:
Omar "Ion" Holmon
2009 Nuyorican Grand Slam Champion. Omar "Ion" Holmon is a class clown turned nerd poet. When he isn't in a comic book store hallway talking about how he's in a comic book store all day, he spends his time dissecting awkward moments and comedic timing into poetry pieces until they have more random material than aisle 3 of Target.
The Self Proclaimed rookie of the year Rich Story, born and raised in Harlem, NY, is a founding member of the The Silent Poets and the Blood is Cold Gang, respectively. Commited to Youth Development he has worked as a counsoler for special needs children, led writing workshops at a Youth Shelter and has also facilitated weekly discussion based lessons for youth offenders at Rikers Island.
Latina ...Born & raised inBushwick, Brooklyn, New York. Came from a single parent household ...large Family of 5 other siblings ...4 of whom are diagnosed with a mental illness. Started writing @ the age of 9 as a means to escape the reality of poverty, and mental illness. Became a mother at the age of 16 ... 9 year old daughter. Strongly believes in the importance of deriving meaning and purpose from experience, knowledge of self, and the understanding and tolerance of others beliefs and cultures. My poetry is an honest pathway into my mind. I am always seeking to learn something new from someone. Working as a Case manager currently working with the homeless population in New York. "Speak Up" a poetry slam that will be held monthly @ various homeless shelters in NYC ...bringing poetry free of charge to those who normally would not have the means to attend or participate in an open mic or slam ... teaching the importance of poetry as a means of self expression, stress relief, and something that can never be taken away,
Eboni is a 24 year old poet/actress/teaching artist who has performed and conducted workshops in over 20 U.S. cities, as well as internationally in Ghana, West Africa. She is the 2008 Urbana Grand Slam Champion, a member of the 2007 Nuyorican Slam team and a part of the performance collective, Bitten Tongue. Eboni is published in two anthologies and is the author of "Grits". She resides in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, where she does crossword puzzles and seriously contemplates doing yoga some days.
Falu began writing at 14 years old and by age 16 she had began reciting. Highest ranked female poet in 2006 and seventh in the nation, she is well known as a performance artist throughout NYC and is currently a member of the 2006 Nuyorican Poets Café Slam Team. She has shared stages with some of today best poets, co-produced an all women’s showcase “Lips, Hips and All That Jazz”, opened up shows for R&B sensations and countless other charitable and political events. Although much has been accomplished in her short career, Falu is best known for her teaching ability and workshop leadership. She has taught at Medgar Evers College/ College Now program at the tender age of 19 and was featured on MEC radio and broadcast. She is a member of Reaching Back, an organization for young black poets and writers based out Lafayette High School. Her current projects include mentorship, workshop leadership and performances at In Progress Group @ St. John the Baptistand weekly performances with Falu Y Su Combo, an Afro- Cuban band founded by her father. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.